Consumer SSD Reviews
SSD reviews span both consumer and enterprise SSD reviews forming an umbrella over SATA, SAS, mSATA and M.2 SSDs. Consumer SSD reviews focus on SSDs engineered for use in client computers. We also offer a section for client PCIe storage reviews which covers high throughput flash and caching solutions. For help deciding on an SSD for your system or to get support, please post to our SSD Forums.
by Adam Armstrong

Samsung 840 EVO mSATA SSD Review

The Samsung 840 EVO is an mSATA SSD that is the first to hit the 1TB capacity point. Though it has a compact mSATA form factor, roughly a quarter of the size of a standard 2.5” SSD, it packs the performance punch of its larger siblings. Ultra-thin laptops have been limited in their storage capacity up until now. Taking advantage of Samsung’s advances in flash memory, the 840 EVO mSATA SSD will take portable computing capacity and speeds in ultra-thin computers that was previously unattainable. To get to the 1TB capacity point, Samsung uses a total of four flash memory packages, each having 16 dense layers of 128Gb TLC chips.

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by Kevin OBrien

WD Black2 SSD/HDD Review

The WD Blackis a combination drive for portable users that presents both a 1TB HDD and 120GB SSD to the host system leveraging only a single SATA port. Rather than only enhance their hybrid HDD portfolio, WD Labs came up with the idea to essentially sandwich two drives together. The architecture is both novel and pretty impressive. Each drive is managed by a controller that plays traffic cop, directing the IO to each drive from the single SATA port. The drive comes in just the single 1TB/120GB capacity point and has a 9.5mm 2.5" form factor. 

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by Lyle Smith

Intel SSD 530 Review

Intel launched the SSD 530 series as a progressive update on their SSD 520 line, moving away from the 25nm NAND flash and incorporating new SandForce silicon with 20nm flash for more efficient power consumption. The 530 series also consolidates Intel's various form factors which previously carried different model numbers.14 new products don the SSD 530 brand in a variety of different form factors; standard 2.5", mSATA and M.2. As was the case with their previous series, Intel has optimized the SandForce firmware to deliver a combination of performance and reliability. 

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by Lyle Smith

Corsair Force Series LS SSD Review

The Corsair Force LS SSD Series is designed to be a value-oriented alternative largely for global-market consumers wanting to upgrade their PCs or Notebook at a reasonable price. Though Corsair is mostly known for their excellent and quality-built memory modules, they were one of the first SSD manufacturers to enter the retail market and have ultimately earned a reputation as building some of the best SSDs available, as well as providing drives that cover the whole price and performance spectrum. The Force LS is placed on the lower part of this spectrum and is considered labeled as a budget SSD by Corsair. 

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by Lyle Smith

OCZ Vector 150 SSD Review

OCZ continues its trend to build on past acquisitions of innovative controller technology, system-on-chip talent, and storage IP portfolios with the new Vector 150 SSD series launch, designed specifically for the enthusiast. With OCZ’s new ultra-thin 2.5-inch 7mm form factor SSD line, it can fit into virtually any notebook. It also features next generation 19nm MLC NAND flash, proprietary in-house OCZ built controller and firmware designed for superior mixed workload performance, and increased write endurance and reliability due to its advanced suite of flash management tools. OCZ’s Vector 150 SSD line brings burst sequential reads and writes of 550MB/s and 530MB/s to the table, along with random read and write IOPS of 95,000 and 90,000 respectively which is pretty much in line with the quoted performance of the prior-gen Vector. Additionally, it comes bundled with a 3.5” adapter as well as Acronis Cloning Software.

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by Josh Shaman

Samsung 840 EVO SSD Review

The Samsung 840 Evo is the company's latest mainstream SSD that differentiates itself in the market with features and components that benefit from Samsung's vertical integration approach including its own 19nm 128Gb TLC NAND, proprietary firmware and newest-gen multi-core MEX controller. Capacities on the 840 Evo range from 120GB all the way up to a full 1TB model, and the drive also implements an updated version of Samsung Magician (v. 4.2) that enables users to easily migrate to the SSD and manage it once it's in use. Samsung is also quoting much higher performance figures on the slim, 7mm z-Height 840 Evo than with the previous generation Samsung 840 - up to 1.5-3x the sequential write rates.

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by Josh Shaman

SanDisk Extreme II SSD Review

The SanDisk Extreme II, announced today, is a 2.5" 7mm form factor performance SSD with capacities that range up to 480GB. The Extreme II is naturally the second iteration in the performance SSD line, and SanDisk has brought several changes to market with the new Extreme II. One of the most significant changes is that SanDisk has dropped the SandForce controller, moving to Marvell so they can provision the Extreme II with their own in-house developed firmware. SanDisk has also replaced the 24nm MLC NAND found in the original Extreme with 19nm MLC NAND, keeping in line with NAND die shrinks. Another important change comes in the form factor; the Extreme II shrinks to 7mm down from 9.5mm to meet the growing demand for drives that fit space-constrained applications. Lastly, SanDisk is now offering an additional two years for their warranty which now stands at 5 years.

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by Josh Shaman

OCZ Vertex 450 SSD Review

The OCZ Vertex 450 is the latest mainstream client SSD from OCZ that leverages their own Barefoot 3 controller, 7mm form factor and 20nm MLC NAND. That 20nm MLC NAND represents a significant 20% decrease over the NAND die utilized in its predecessor Vertex 4 which was 25nm. The Vertex 450 replaces the Vertex 4, and the reduction in NAND package size and move to proprietary controller enables OCZ to squeeze maximum value out of the Vertex 450 for consumers delivering a blend of economics and performance. While the 7mm form factor enables it to fit in most any notebook, the included 3.5" adapter makes it a snap to install in desktops and the Vertex 450 is bundled with Acronis True Image software to simplify moving data from an existing drive to the Vertex 450.

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by Doug Crowthers

Samsung SSD 840 Review (TLC)

The Samsung SSD 840 is an entry-level consumer SSD and is the first to be made with TLC (Triple Level Cell) NAND. This differs from the MLC (Multi Level Cell) NAND used in every other consumer SSD. Up to this point, TLC NAND has only been used in less critical applications like USB thumb drives and memory cards, but its acceptance in the SSD space is emerging in large part because of the reduced cost of the NAND packages. Of course the tradeoff for the lowered price-point is endurance, but as consumers are coming to accept, most of them really don't write all that much data to their drives. The Samsung SSD 840 is built off of the same platform as the Samsung SSD 840 Pro with the Samsung MDX triple-core ARM 9 controller which is clocked at 300MHz and leverages Samsung's NAND and proprietary firmware.

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by Josh Shaman

Seagate 600 SSD Review

The Seagate 600 SSD is a performance-focused 2.5-inch MLC NAND client SSD in z-Height 5mm and 7mm form factors with a capacity up to 480GB that is primarily designed as an upgrade for laptop users who are gamers, enthusiasts or road warriors or simply need the drive for read-intensive applications. Additionally, as an SSD with no moving parts, there is less of a disk failure risk if users accidentally drop their laptop. Primarily though, Seagate developed the 600 SSD with performance focused on reducing wait times; its boot speed and load times are 50% faster than traditional HDDs. As far as endurance goes, the Seagate 600 SSD offers up to 40GB of data written per day for a maximum of 72TB written over its 3-year warranty period.

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